Whats Happening in Niagara This Weekend? November 8 - 10, 2013 (Courtesy of Bullet News Niagara - John Robbins)

WEEKEND PREVIEW: So much to see

and do in Niagara this weekend, Nov. 8

through Nov. 10


A Noah’s Ark vignette is part of the lighting display at Niagara Falls’ Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, which begins Saturday. Lights turn on at 6 p.m., followed by a 15-minute fireworks display. (Photo OPG WFOL)

Bullet News

It’s an exciting weekend in Niagara, with lots to see and do Friday through Sunday – in all categories of entertainment. Here’s a list of just some of the events happening in Niagara, Nov. 1 through Nov. 3.

Nov. 8
Light of Day Canada – Niagara
Help fight Parkinson’s disease at the Greg Frewin Theatre, doors open 7 p.m. Opening the show will be The Peter Elkas Band, followed by The Mandevilles, Jesse Malin, John Eddie, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers and closing the show this year will be Willie Nile. Acoustic performers this year are Bobby Mahoney and Joe D’Urso and as always, the grand finale will be headed up by Joe Grushecky. Guest host Rowdy Roddy Piper will emcee the event, with the help of Giant FM. Tickets are available through http://www.lightofdaycanada.com/tickets/find_tickets/31/146

Nov. 8
Niagara Falls Hooters Canucks OHA hockey
Gale Centre, 4171 Fourth Ave., 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 905-353-7617. Niagara Falls Canucks Home games, great entertainment, live hockey action.

Nov. 8
Memory and Aging program at Optimal Wellness Niagara
10:30 a.m. at Optimal Wellness Niagara, 26 Hiscott St., St. Catharines. 905-988-9009. The Memory and Aging program is a 10-hour in-class program held over five weeks in sessions of two hours each. The sessions emphasize discussing and practising specific memory strategies and skills. The program originated from Baycrest Centre, Toronto, and teaches practical strategies to improve everyday memory performance. To register for the session, please call ahead,905-704-4068, as space is limited.

Nov. 8
Friday Night Drop In
6 p.m. at McBain Community Centre YMCA, or 7 p.m. at the Walker Family YMCA. Friday nights give youth the chance to participate in a variety of activities: Open swim, gym games, video games, weekly tournaments, special events, fitness and creative activities. Youth also have the opportunity to hang out with their friends in a safe, well-supervised environment. Cost of the program is $5 and it is open to all community youth ages 9 through 15.

Nov. 8, 9
Firehall Theatre, Blood Relations
4990 Walnut St., 905-356-4953. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. both days. Blood Relations by Sharon Pollock, directed by Michael Madden. Adults $15, seniors-students $14.

Nov. 8 through Nov. 10
Taste the Season Touring Pass Event
Takes place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Niagara-on-the-Lake Heritage District. The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake feature a seasonally inspired VQA wine and food pairing at each of the 27 member wineries. The event takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November. Passes may be used any event weekend.Taste the Season touring passes are $44.25 per person (plus HST) and $35 per person (plus HST) for designated driver passes. Passes can be purchased online at wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com/taste-the-season or by calling 905-468-1950.

Nov. 8 through Nov. 10
Shaw Festival
This weekend’s performances feature the plays The Light in the Piazza; Enchanted April; Peace in Our Time: A Comedy; Guys & Dolls; Trifles; Our Betters; Major Barbara; Faith Healer; Lady Windermere’s Fan and Arcadia. For information, visit the link above or call 1-800-511-SHAW.

Nov. 8 through Nov. 10
Centre Street International Sand Sculpture Exhibition
V2 Niagara Inc.’s new attraction is located in the former Niagara Falls Memorial Arena, within walking distance of Clifton Hill. It features 25 statutory figures, architectural elements, portraits and landmarks carved by 17 of the world’s top sand sculptors. Some of the sculptures are seven metres tall, depicting key figures and events from the War of 1812. The exhibition area is more than 16,000-square-feet and the exhibits required about 6.6-million pounds of sand (three million kilograms).

Nov. 9
Cinema at the Guild Fall Film Festival www.cinemaattheguild.com
7 p.m. at Guild Hall, 2 Charlotte St., Port Colborne. Admission $5 or $20 for five films includes popcorn and a drink. Tickets at the door, free parking at Market Square. For more information and festival schedule visit www.cinemaattheguild.com. Nov. 9, Passchendaele: The lives of a troubled veteran, his nurse girlfriend and a naive boy intersect first in Alberta and then in Belgium during the bloody World War I battle of Passchendaele.

Nov. 9
Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights opening festivities
Queen Victoria Park, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Home Depot Santa’s Workshop, Meridian Credit Union Face Painting, Polar Express Train Rides, Magicians, Mural Art, Buskers, and Photos with Santa. Don’t forget to bring your camera! In honour of 2013 being declared the Year of Korea in Canada by the Federal government, Opening Festivities will showcase a number of cultural and artistic activities highlighting Canadian and Korean cultures and traditions, hosting a variety of engaging and interactive activities including performances by traditional Korean dance and SamulNori drum troupes, and loads of musical acts and entertainment from YTV’s The Next Star – Season 5 winner Brooklyn Roebuck to the Niagara Star Singers, and taekwondo demonstrations to displays from Korean chefs and ice sculptures being created right before your eyes. Lights turn on at 6 p.m., followed by 15-minute fireworks display and live musical performance by the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.

Nov. 9
Light of Day Canada – Songwriters By The Falls
Myst Lounge, 6361 Fallsview Boulevard (Hilton Hotel). Noon to 2:30 p.m. After two days of partying at the Centre Street Shuffle (happened Thursday) and the Niagara Falls Light of Day Main Event at the Greg Frewin Theatre, you can kick back, relax and enjoy some great stories and tunes by some of our favourite LOD artists with Niagara Falls as a backdrop. Joe D’Urso emcees. When you buy your tickets for Light of Day Niagara, you can purchase a wristband for $10 that will be good for the Centre Street Shuffle and The Songwriters show. It’s an amazing weekend of music in aid of Parkinson’s disease research.

Nov. 9
Real Gals 6 with Heart Niagara
Club Italia, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2525 Montrose Rd. 905-358-5552. Silent auction, more! Get your gals together and join Heart Niagara for a day of great food, beverages, demonstrations, entertainment, conversation, raffles, and shopping! Ticket sales support the Healthy Heart Schools’ Program. $35. Silent auction closes 2 p.m.

Nov. 9
Harvest Fall Fair
River Road Retirement Residence, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4067 River Rd. 905-374-2015. Fall fair with vendors, Shoppers Home Health, clothing, travel, hearing aids, jewellery plus plus. Come and browse, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and refreshments. Live entertainment at 2 p.m.

Nov. 9
St. John’s Christmas Bazaar
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3428 Portage Rd. Christmas baskets, deli, jewelry, baked goods, luncheon and much more.

Nov. 9
Pasta Dinner Fundraiser NF Canucks Peewee AE
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fallsview Hose Brigade, 5786 Dunn St. 905-351-8900. Fundraiser supports the NF Canucks Peewee AE team. Silent auction, raffles and prizes.

Nov. 9
Baby Boomer Trivia Night
7 p.m. at Royal Canadian Legion (Fonthill), 141 Regional Rd., Hwy. 20 E.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is hosting a trivia night dedicated to raising money to put towards our research, with the overall goal of preventing heart disease and promoting health and longer lives. The more who attend the more our region can contribute towards the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s overall mission. Join us for an evening of fun, nostalgia and a chance to show how much you remember of the great music of the 50s and 60s. Maximum eight people on a team at $20 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Game begins 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 9, 10
Sanctuary Centre for the Arts
Red Ribbon Art Exhibition at The Sanctuary – Centre for the Arts, 209 Ridge Rd., Ridgeway. 289-321-0502. The Fort Erie Arts Council is pleased to present its ninth annual Red Ribbon Art Exhibition. Tickets are available for $10 at Trailside Bar and Grill in downtown Ridgeway and on www.ticketscene.ca/events/9483/. Wine bar and light hors’ d’oeuvres will be served. Nov. 10, 4 p.m. is Red Ribbon Art Exhibit Family Day. Please email artcouncilforterie@gmail.com for more information.

Nov. 10
Pet First Aid Course
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John Ambulance Niagara Falls Branch, 5734 Glenholme Ave. 905-356-7340. The St. John Ambulance Pet First Aid Course provides the knowledge, judgment and skills needed to respond to life-threatening emergencies for domestic pets. Content includes disease prevention, basic safety and shock. Ideal course for pet sitters, walkers and animal lovers. Pet first aid manual, first-aid kit and general interest certificate are included. Call office at 905-356-7340 for pricing information.

Nov. 10
The Art Gym Opening Day Open House
12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The Art Gym, 5 Great Western St., St. Catharines. 905 931-3561
What is The Art Gym? Think of it as a fitness gym, but instead of working out your body, you are exercising your creativity! What do you do there? Experiment and explore your creativity with a huge variety of art materials for painting, drawing and sculpting. Have one-on-one art instruction with a personal art trainer. Display and sell your artistic creations for the whole world to see and appreciate. Take part in monthly art competitions and have your best displayed and win an art store gift card. Join us Nov. 10 for an open house and a complimentary day of creativity. Regular hours are: Tuesday to Friday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Courtesy of: Bullet News Niagara - John Robbins <website@bulletnewsniagara.ca>

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